Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Cow Parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris
Umbelliferae

A beautiful green dye is obtained from the leaves and stem but it is not very permanent[115].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is soaked for several days in rice washings and then cooked with other foods as a tonic for general weakness[218].

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are eaten raw, cooked as a potherb or used as a flavouring[5, 12, 53, 183]. They taste somewhat less than wonderful[K].

    Root – cooked[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    This plant is suspected of being poisonous to mammals[76]. It also looks very similar to some very poisonous species so great care must be taken when identifying it[12].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow as soon as ripe (June/July) in situ. The seed can also be sown April/May in situ. It usually germinates in 1 – 3 months at 20¡c.
Succeeds in most soils. Shade tolerant[31]. The root has been recommended for improvement by selection and breeding as an edible crop[183]. This plant looks quite similar to some poisonous species, make sure that you identify it correctly.
Most of Europe, including Britain, south and east to N. Africa and Siberia.

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